January 2017

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January 23, 2017

State BOE moving forward with replacement to Martirano
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite sounding like he was having second thoughts about his decision to leave West Virginia, the state Board of Education fully expects state School Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano to follow through with his previously announced resignation.

“I’m an honest person as the day is driven, I’m struggling with this decision so much. I’m so conflicted...

January 24, 2017

Justice names Bill White new minority affairs director
By WV MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday he’s appointed state Board of Education member Dr. Bill White to head up Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs.

White, who will resign his seat on the school board, is a Bluefield native.

“I am humbled to have the opportunity to give back to the state I love and help Governor Justice make West Virginia number one...

January 24, 2017

Nicholas County school board approves consolidation proposal
By Alex Thomas, WV MetroNews

SUMMERSVILLE, W.Va. – The Nicholas County Board of Education approved Monday a proposal to consolidate multiple schools into two separate institutions.

The plan, submitted by Nicholas County Schools Superintendent Donna Burge-Tetrick, would merge Nicholas County High and Richwood High schools as well as Nicholas County Career and Technical Center into one high school...

January 24, 2017

Kanawha superintendent proposes consolidating Clendenin, Bridge elementaries
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring announced Monday that he’s recommending that Kanawha school board members consider consolidating Bridge and Clendenin elementaries into a new school.

Monday’s meeting devolved into acrimony after the announcement, with some attendees in a shouting match with an area parent who said the...

January 24, 2017

Justice names 3 new state Board of Education members
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice, a little more than a week after promising big changes to West Virginia’s educational system in his inaugural address, has named three new members to the state school board.

Justice announced the three new members all at once. They are Miller Hall, Barbara Whitecotton, and Chuck Hatfield.

“The politicians and bureaucrats in...

January 25, 2017

Along with state board appointments, Blackwell named new SBA director
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A day after announcing his appointment of West Virginia Board of Education member Bill White to a new role, Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that he’d be filling White’s seat and two other state school board seats with former longtime county school system administrators.

The new state school board members are former Putnam County...

January 25, 2017

WVEA president likes Justice's picks for state board
By WV MetroNews staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The president of the West Virginia Education Association is applauding Governor Jim Justice’s choices for three seats on the state Board of Education.

The new members are Miller Hall, Barbara Whitecotton and Chuck Hatfield. All have extensive education backgrounds.

“It’s time that we have educators on the Board who have had that experience and these are...

January 26, 2017

RESA directors defend services amid talks of budget cuts
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Directors of West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies (RESAs) are prepared to argue before lawmakers that the services provided to school districts save money.

Kelli Watts, the Executive Director of RESA 3, a guest on MetroNews “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval, said the professional development services they coordinate are...

January 26, 2017

Logan delegate switches from Democrat to independent
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Delegate Rupie Phillips, one of the state’s most conservative Democratic lawmakers, is switching his party affiliation to Independent, arguing that the national Democratic party hasn’t done a good job of being “pro-coal, pro-gun, pro-life and pro-jobs.”

“It is clear to me that the citizens of my district want a true Independent voice in Charleston,” Phillips...

January 30, 2017

Three big ideas new Gov. Jim Justice has advanced in the past week
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In comments and tidbits during appearances around West Virginia, new Gov. Jim Justice has offered insight about how his administration might proceed when the legislative session really gets going next week.

Justice’s inaugural address Jan. 16 offered the first opportunity in his new role as governor to lay out ideas about issues like the...

January 30, 2017

Mon BOE talks charter schools
Conor Griffith, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — While meeting with state legislators, the Monongalia County Schools Board of Education delivered their concerns over the possibility of charter schools or a school voucher system in West Virginia.

Superintendent Frank Devono said if students are diverted to charter schools, then that means less funding for public ones since their state funding is determined by enrollment. This,...

January 30, 2017

Justice chief of staff says proposed budget cuts may top $390 million
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice could propose state budget cuts of more than $390 million and possibly as much as $606 million to the West Virginia Legislature at the start of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session next week.

“Things are indeed worse than I ever thought they could be,” reported Nick Casey, Justice’s chief of staff, when asked about...